NFK 11/22/06

For me the phrase “seeing is believing” has a whole new meaning when it comes to seeing with ReStor and ReZoom multifocal lenses. What you experience with these lenses may be different than what I experienced as I first had one eye corrected with a ReStor lens then the other corrected with a ReZoom lens seven months later. This letter is about what I am experiencing now after everything has settled down and life is back to normal. After all we are all different and we do not react to the same things in exactly the same way.

Before the surgery, I knew things were getting bad when I got lost in the Atlanta airport because I could not see the signs clearly directing me to the departure gates. I almost went to Savannah GA instead of Sacramento CA. Now I travel and don’t even give it a thought. All of the needed information is readily available and I can read it easily with sometimes only a passing glance. Just the way it was when I was younger and took good eyesight for granted.

My vision is seamless. Not like the bifocal days. I can look at my watch then look up to find a sign for the next off ramp and read the gauges on the dashboard and not even notice any transition. It is all perfectly normal.

I can read normal text, like newspapers and books. It is possible to put the book too close but normally with proper light and standard reading distance I can read without paying much attention to placement. As usual good lighting makes a difference. Small text like that on some medicine instructions, and some very light print are difficult to read but not impossible.

My night vision improved also. I am more aware of people walking along the road now. It is not that I did not see them before. I am sure I am seeing them earlier. I never drive looking directly into car headlights but as a test I tried it and I only see headlights, no halo’s.

My vision seems to have become broader. I notice more things at the sides, almost like a wide screen at the theater. The view looks a lot newer, more bold, and sharp. The way it used to looked, I just had probably gotten used to it being fuzzy.

The color correction is the first and most obvious thing I noticed. All of the colors were so bold and bright at first. Now I am used to the change. It is still very nice. I SCUBA dive and having good color vision make it even more enjoyable. After all that is why I dive, to “see” things.

The operation is easy, no pain, not even discomfort. Admittedly, I was scared the first time. I had previously had both hips replaced and yet I was more scared of the first eye surgery than the hip operations. The actual surgery takes about 20 minutes. You will spend most of your time getting prepared for the surgery and in recovery.

My last eye test showed that I was close to 20/20 in distance. One eye a little beyond 20/20 and the other a little less than 20/20, Not enough to worry about.. Reading vision was 20/20 left and about 20/25 right. I bought some 150 power reading glasses just in case I wanted to read some small print like on a map in dim light. It has been two months, I have not needed them yet..

I hope this helps you to see things my way.

- NFK 11/22/06

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